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#HughScottDouglas's new show in Tokyo — “Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You" — on view until March 9

One of the two series the artist presents — “Natural History" — is a group of printed paintings that originated as digital photographs capturing the peripheries of the wildlife dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Opposite of the realities of the ocean, the museum’s staged plastic environments promote idealized and fixed ecosystems that exist outside of the perilous reaches of human influence. Like the aerial perspective, the museological lens carries with it a history of colonialism and sells a certain scientific authority. These tableaus function as a sort of promissory note, presenting their viewers with a portal to this alternate and optimistic synthetic planet. Scott-Douglas's multi-tiered process culminates in representations of plastic worlds rendered via plastic technologies — handsome, passive scenes that appear as natural, techniques that simulate analog methods — abstractions of their source material and the realities of their referent environments.

"I visited the exhibition twice, and brought non-artist friends and family members back with me. It seemed to encapsulate important things about cities, race and class, artistic process, freedom, alchemy. Taylor is a brilliant, powerful painter. A show of his portraiture alone would be more than worth the trip but, in this exhibition, he endeavored to expose a particular psychic juncture between dreams and sociography. The exhibition was one of the most formative and memorable things I’ve ever seen."
WOW. #ChrisKraus on #HenryTaylor via @frieze_magazine

Join us tomorrow, Saturday January 12 @ 3PM for a lecture on Chung Sang-hwa with Getty scholar-in-residence Jung-Ah Woo, as she leads us through the Korean postwar artist's life and work — on the last day of the exhibition "Chung Sang-hwa & Shin Sung-hy" — Los Angeles ⏳

Ready for 2019 like #tomoogokita
📷 / @mattbangser

Mark your calendars! This January 25-31 @anthologyfilmarchives in NYC — Experimental feminist films by Jane Arden, Niki de Saint Phalle & Penny Slinger

OUT OF THE SHADOWS showcases the exceptional motion pictures created by Jane Arden, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Penny Slinger during the 1960s and '70s. These artists share overlapping concerns in their experimental narratives, focusing on female sexuality, the occult, and societal taboos. Beyond these films' commonalities, the personal histories of the artists intertwine through love and friendship, most significantly in Slinger and Saint Phalle's respective personal and professional collaborations with renowned filmmaker Peter Whitehead, and in the alliance of Arden and Slinger in their radical feminist theater group Holocaust (which spawned various films featured in this program, written and directed by Arden and starring Slinger). In bringing these artists together, Anthology pays homage to three radical women whose contribution to experimental film has long been under-recognized. As we follow the protagonists of Arden, Slinger, and Saint Phalle on their peregrinations to self-knowledge, we become privy to an alternative history of second wave feminism.

Check out the full schedule for info on in-person appearances with the artists, filmmakers, and cast members at anthologyfilmarchives.org #PennySlinger #NikideSaintPhalle #JaneArden @alisongingeras

THIS FRIDAY // TOKYO
Hugh Scott-Douglas opens his fourth solo show with the gallery — “Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You" — the third chapter in a lineage of thematic explorations of nature and its relationship to capitalism

#HughScottDouglas #NaturalHistory #FormsofNature #Tokyo

〰️📣This Saturday, January 12 @ 3PM, LA — join us for a public lecture on the life and work of artist Chung Sang-hwa, on the occasion of the closing of the first major exhibition in Los Angeles to focus on the artist's work.

Chung Sang-hwa's early paintings from the 1960s were made in the style of Art Informel, then prevalent in the Korean art scene and a local movement in its own right. This exhibition presents several very rare examples from this period — colorful compositions with gestural mark-making that engage the negative space of the exposed canvas — a prelude of work to come in future decades. In contrast to these works in the exhibition, a suite of monochromatic grid paintings hangs nearby, examples from a body of work now renowned and iconic of Chung's oeuvre. Between 1967 and 1992, Chung lived in Paris and Kobe, where he developed this aesthetically minimal and process-focused practice. After applying multiple layers of acrylic to the canvas, the artist draws a grid on the reverse and alternately rolls, compresses, and scores the canvas in order to crack the painted façade, thereafter using a knife to further chip away at the surface. Chung then fills in areas with different types of paint, the varying speeds of drying causing further cracks to emerge. This exhibition also features the artist's Frottage works, drawings made by rubbing graphite onto paper laid over his completed paintings. With its technique rooted in labor and repetitive gesture, Chung's work is central to the history of the Dansaekhwa movement that emerged in the midst of Korea's postwar material deprivations and its authoritarian political system. Although the term literally means "monochrome painting," it is defined by the methods employed as much as its reductionist aesthetics.

Jung-Ah Woo is the current scholar-in-residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and Associate Professor of Art History at the Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea.

"Enter Darren Bader's illusory oeuvre and find incursions, disintegrations, and restructurings of the familiar faces and facades of the art world."
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Darren Bader's "character limit" is on view for one more week in Los Angeles — come see the new work for yourself while you can — excavations of "the soft luster and mutability of certain aesthetic horizons." Thank you #sabrinatarasoff @artforum for the Critics’ Pick 💥

Blum & Poe wishes you a very happy holiday season! ❄️
Holiday closure:
LA: December 22, 2018 at 3pm — January 2, 2019
NY: December 22, 2018 — January 3, 2019
Tokyo: December 24, 2018 — January 3, 2019

Friedrich Kunath, “The past is a foreign country” (2011)
#friedrichkunath 📷: Joshua White

"These 10 Artists Broke into the Art Market Big Leagues in 2018" — today via @artsy 👏#RobertColescott #HenryTaylor
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Robert Colescott, "Miss Black Oakland," c. 1967; Henry Taylor, "Priscilla's Welcomed Me," 2017

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